There is a common adage we all know to be true.
“Familiarity breeds contempt.”
The more familiar something is to us... the more fault we find in it.
When it comes to food, is there anything more familiar than milk?
Probably not, because milk is humanity's “first food”.
Milk has sustained life for humans for millennia, and if we zoomed into each one of our lives, it has sustained each of us in some way at some time in our life.
Is Milk Good or Bad for You?
Milk has become a very contemptible subject in recent years...
People flaunt that they are dairy-free like a 16 year old flaunts their new drivers permit -with pride!
Not so with us here at Camel Culture, and those in our growing herd!
We are staking our flag in the ground hoping to reclaim some lost dairy-loving territory!
Milk is a very complex food product and this blog is devoted to teasing out some of these complexities.
The Power of Lysozyme Proteins!
In a recent blog post, we looked at the healthy protein content of camel milk. We talked about how proteins are molecules that are made up of smaller components called amino acids which are like different beads on a string.
There are countless combinations and therefore proteins have countless functions in our body. Our body can make some of these amino acids (or beads) naturally, but others we must take in through the proteins we eat.
Camel milk contains high-quality, diverse proteins -one of which is a lysozyme.
In this article, we are going to look learn:
- What is a lysozyme?
- The discovery of lysozymes
- Lysozyme content in camel milk
- Lysozyme’s immune strengthening effects
What is a Lysozyme Protein?
A lysozyme is a special enzyme (or protein) that is found in tears, saliva, sweat, and other body fluids -including camel milk.
Lysozymes work to destroy bacteria that attempt to enter your body. (1)
The Funny Discovery of Lysozymes
The history and scientific discovery of lysozymes is super interesting (and kind of gross).
The highly acclaimed Scottish scientist, Alexander Fleming, discovered the lysozyme in the early 20th century. He also went on to discover penicillin.
He was growing a bacterial culture (and apparently working with a cold) when he contaminated the culture after mucus from his own nose dropped into the petri dish.
But, he realized that the bacteria in the dish was being killed by the mucus!
He discovered that the little bacteria-killing ninja inside his mucus was what he would later name the lysozyme.
In biology, lyse means to cut or break down a cell by causing damage to its outer membrane, and this is exactly what lysozymes do to bacteria.
They break down the outer cell wall of the bacteria which then causes the bacteria to die. Yes!
Lysozyme Proteins in Camel Milk
Lysozymes are minor milk proteins that make up a small percentage of the camel milks 200+ rare proteins.
They may be small, but they pack a powerful punch!
Lysosomes have amazing antimicrobial effects.
Depending on the time of the camel’s lactation period, there are 13x-17x more lysozyme proteins in camel milk compared to cow milk. (3)
I am starting to pity cow milk. Is this even a competition anymore?
Camel Milk is Similar to Human Mother’s Milk
Lysozyme content is high in human breast milk.
A few decades ago, lysozymes were also added to infant formula, and formula-fed infants showed reduced incidences of upset stomach, allergies, and an increase in good gut flora in the gastrointestinal tract.
Most animal milks have low lysozyme levels... except for the camel!
This is why our customers find their kids can tolerate camel milk much better than infant formula or other milks.
Camel milk is naturally similar to human mother’s milk -so our bodies love it!
But don’t take our word for it… Here's what are customers are saying:
“Formula was tearing my infant up inside! After eating, he would scream, projectile vomit, and suffer constipation. After trying camel milk for the first time, the results were immediate! He kept the milk down. Zero vomiting. And within days, his digestive system normalized.” -Deseree U.
“My son has horrible gut issues, and thanks to camel milk, his gut is being restored!” -Amber A.
“I ordered camel milk for my 3 year old son's health issues... He loves it!” -Robert F.
“I order for my 5 kids because of the health benefits -they love it!" -Laura Q.
“It's helped my autistic son with his behavior and digestion!” -Kelsey S.
“My son drinks camel milk to treat his food allergies -It tastes great!” -Jayme B.
COVID-19 & Camel Milk: Boost your Immunity
In the wake of a global COVID-19 pandemic, we are more conscious than ever about the importance of boosting our immune systems.
The lysosome proteins found in camel milk can be a major weapon in your bodies’ arsenal!
These protective proteins are your frontline defense. They fight and kill harmful bacteria whenever it tries to enter your body.
Camel milk is not the cure for COVID-19, but strengthening your natural immunity will better protect you during this and any future pandemic.
It’s not just good for children, but for teens, adults, and the elderly alike. All these beautiful lives in each of our families can benefit from camel milk.
Lysozymes proteins found in camel milk work to destroy bacteria that enters our body, and boost our natural immune system.
Fun fact: It was discovered in the early 20th century by the same guy who discovered Penicillin, when he sneezed into his petri dish.
Camel milk has up to 17x more lysozyme content than cow milk.
Because of the global COVID-19 pandemic, we are more aware than ever of the need to strengthen our immune systems. and consuming a complex food product that is so common it is unfortunately easy to write off milk, can stock our bodies’ arsenal with one more weapon.
Let’s live healthier lives with lysozymes found in our camel milk!
Add camel milk to your diet so you don’t miss out on the antimicrobial effects of its lysozyme!
What are you doing to strengthen your body's immune system?
Let us know in the comments!
- African Journal of Biotechnology Vol. 7 (25), pp. 4856-4867, 29 December, 2008 Available online at http://www.academicjournals.org/AJB ISSN 1684–5315 © 2008 Academic Journals